I was meant to be out photographing with Malcolm Jones today, the skipper of the Plymouth charter boat Sea Angler II, but the forecast was just that bit too fresh to get out. It's a real shame - Malcolm rang me on his way back from sea yesterday to say that they have a really good day, with plenty of good pollack up to about 15lbs, and masses of launce around for bait. We are going to try again this Tuesday. If you want to spend a day at sea with one of the nicest guys you could hope to meet, book Malcolm up for some fishing. The photo above is Malcolm at the wheel of his boat, just passing by Plymouth breakwater.
Bright and early tomorrow morning I head up to photograph some fly fishing for pike up on Chew reservoir with Nick Hart and Wayne Thomas from North Devon. Wayne is a seriously good all round angler and it is always a blast going out with these guys - Wayne recently landed some seriously good pike up on Chew, check here for details. And if the pike don't want to play ball, then it is a very good time for trout up there.
Hopefully the weather holds for Tuesday out at sea with Malcolm, and then on Wednesday I am back out with Nick Hart to try and photograph one of stunning local rivers for the wild browns and grayling. I simply love this style of fishing and photography. In less than a month, Nick and I are heading out to Montana and both of us are in a complete state of over excitement about it. Fly fishing for wild trout is surely one of the best things on earth, and I get a huge kick out of photographing it.
I heard of a stunning 9lb plus bass taken on a lure from Jersey waters, on Saturday I believe - that is a proper fish and the angler deserves all credit, especially as he released the fish unharmed. I know the guy caught it on a Tide Minnow 145SLD lure that is apparently working well over there at the moment. A tricky lure to get hold of, but you can get them here. If they work in the Channel Islands, you can bet your life they'll smash fish over here as well. Good to hear that the guy concerned took the fish on his new Tenryu rod (a Rod Bar Model 240 I believe) - these red devils are starting a mini-revolution in top end bass fishing, so check them out here.